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Mr. Yarmuth goes to Washington: A primer on putting your money where your mouth is

A couple weeks ago, about the time Washington, D.C. got slammed with a nice round of snow and ice, LEO sent me and staff writer Stephen George to the nation’s capital. Our assignment: Take the measure of John Yarmuth, a freshman member of the 110th Congress. Frankly, it was a hell of a week. We learned a lot and found plenty of inspiration. In this week’s cover story (plus my commentary on page 5), you can read all about it. Cary Stemle

Rumor & Innuendo

Call him Tubby $$$$mith. I’m advised UK’s beleaguered mentor was approached by a friend, an assistant coach of a recent opponent. The fellow asked Tubby if he might actually consider leaving after the season in light of the fusillade of criticism from disgruntled Wildcat Nation citizens. Purportedly he responded, “If they come up with $9 million, they can get rid of me.” Ah yes, that darn buyout!

McKibben’s America

“The modern radio industry is utterly focused on you. It’s entirely set up around the idea that you are a part of a predictable demographic whose tastes can be reliably commodified as alternative country or classic rock; the whole premise of talk radio is that you can go all day without hearing an opinion you disagree with — Rush Limbaugh’s fans, after all, call themselves dittoheads. What could be more efficient than that?” —Bill McKibben, from “Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.”

Rumor & Innuendo: The Electric Cardinal-Colored Snow-Flake Wauwatosa Missile Launch.

Like Lazarus before them, U of L’s improbable, unforeseeable resurrection continued last Saturday night. Nothing helps the faithful sleep better than dreams of smarmy Tom Crean, the smirk wiped from his face, stewing in his own bile. Card fans leapt joyously from their barcoloungers when Jerry Smith powerchorded string music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A dance card for the Cards within grasp, the chilly winter’s night warmed.

Seeking fast funds: African-American center will ask for help getting to finish line

courtesy of Kentucky Center for African American Heritage: A rendering of the planned Kentucky Center for African American HeritageLike a person ravaged by an inexplicable illness, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage has faced one trial after another on its road to completion. But the group behind the museum has proclaimed it a survivor. They just need the cash to prove it.

When the color wheel is a health hazard

Artificial food coloration can make us sick. Why do we still use it? (Hint: the answer could apply to hormones, antibiotics, and other modern American delicacies)What do fish, fruit and pretzels have in common with chocolate, soft drinks and movie-theater popcorn? Very likely, they are tinted with artificial colors.

How green is the city’s fleet?

This week we’re feeling green, and it’s not that stomach virus that’s going around (thanks for asking). By coincidence, Stephen George’s cover story on page 12 takes the measure of just how green the city’s vehicle fleet is (not as green as Lexington, it turns out). George also checks in with author Bill McKibben, who’s been talking about global warming for almost two decades. McKibben, who appears at the Kentucky Author Forum next week, says it all comes down to thinking locally. That’s actually an encouraging message.
—Cary Stemle

City Strobe

Henry, Trouble still close personal friendsDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Henry is no stranger to controversy. The former lieutenant governor to sex-scandal-plagued Paul Patton had to pay the federal government $162,000 in 2003 to settle a lawsuit claiming he’d fraudulently billed the government for Medicare and Medicaid payments while working at the University of Louisville.

A Half-Cocked love story: Indie film about Louisville’s days as a ‘music mecca’ is revived

The Louisville music scene has been the subject of much intense discussion, thanks in no small part to our indie rock scene of the early- to mid-’90s (honk if you recall the Playboy mag “music mecca” hoopla). You may not realize that period was, so to speak, captured on film by Michael Galinsky, who enlisted real Louisville musicians to portray a fictional band that steals a van and goes on the road. As Stephen George’s cover essay illustrates, the film “Half-Cocked” ultimately plays like a love letter to Louisville. —Cary Stemle

Rumor & Innuendo

Still Myles to go. Maybe that Ellis Myles fella is more capable of legerdemain — that’s magic to you without a thesaurus — than I thought. As a bunch of you pointed out to me at last Saturday’s game, my sources and I were wrong about Derrick Caracter’s future as a U of L Cardinal. He played. He played well. And he showed why The Rick is giving him such a long leash. If DC and Coach get on the same page, the pivotman could become a playah Cards fans long remember and revere. But remember ye red and black faithful, one game against a schlepper squad like USF does not a career make. Knights Report. Once again I’m hearing what many along Norris Place have been contemplating for a while. Bellarmine is about to start the climb to Division I status in hoops. One school administrator advised it’s a seven-year process.Cost of success. U of L raised season football ticket prices. A lot of ticket holders are wondering how much worse the increased tariff would have been if the Cards’ home schedule next season wasn’t padded with Murray State and Middle Tennessee?Bane of the bayou. A bunch of LSU fans have been none too happy for a while with the coaching prowess of John Brady. They were quieted by last season’s run to the Final Four. Now they’re baaaaack. I’m hearing that unless he rights the ship the rest of this year, next season will be his last without another serious post-season run.Reggie in a down coat? Up Minnesooooooota way the Golden Gopher faithful want their next hoops coach to be alumnus Flip Saunders, now with the Pistons. The buzz is that the second, and more likely, choice is former Card assistant, natty Reggie Theus.Good move Rex.In Chicagoland, Rex Grossman is the new Steve Bartman. Several wags suggested he not go home for a while. Smart guy, Rex. One Internet site reports Da Bears QB was spotted at the Vegas Playboy Club in the company of bunnies, Michelle, Cerra and April.